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How digital civil registration accelerates UN’s Sustainable Development Goals


Technological innovations such as mobile devices and biometrics to capture an entire population’s vital events from birth to death are accelerating progress towards the SDGs, according to the findings of a series of case studies released last week. The case studies from Armenia, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Netherlands and Peru show that digital civil registration and identity systems help accelerate progress towards development targets especially poverty, gender equality, migration and universal health coverage. In Africa, almost half of the population is unregistered, thus making them miss out on universal benefits such as improved healthcare, Oliver Chinganya, director for statistics from UN Economic Commission for Africa…

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Namibia: Geingob Wins 56.3% of Vote in Presidential Election

[Deutsche Welle] Incumbent Hage Geingob has won another term in the presidential election but lost a two-thirds majority for the first time. The opposition is crying foul.

Namibia: Orderly Voting Impresses PM

[New Era] Windhoek -Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila who was one of the first political office bearers to vote in the Windhoek East constituency for the presidential and legislative elections described the process as generally smooth.

Namibia: Ruling Swapo's Two-Thirds Majority Broken

[Namibian] THE ruling Swapo Party has lost its overwhelming parliamentary dominance after gaining 63 seats in the National Assembly election - just short of a two-thirds majority that would have enabled the party to push through constitutional changes despite opposition from other parties.

Namibia: PM Refutes Claims of Malnutrition Deaths at Amarika

[New Era] Ongwediva -Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, during a visit to Amarika in the Otamanzi constituency of the Omusati Region last week, refuted claims that children in that area have died as a result of a lack of food.

Namibia: Hepatitis Outbreak Tops 1 600 Confirmed Cases

[New Era] Ongwediva -Hepatitis E cases have spiked dramatically over the last couple of years, with health officials declaring 1 635 confirmed cases as at 10 November this year. The outbreak has claimed 56 lives, while a significant 6 672 cases have been reported since the outbreak started in December 2017. Of the 1 635 confirmed cases, Erongo Region is leading with 460 cases, while Khomas and Omusati have 351 and 169 cases, respectively. Khomas, however, has the highest reported cases with 4 179, followed by Erongo and Omusat

Namibia: Elders Unfamiliar With EVMs, Slow Polling in Omusati

[New Era] Etunda -Although voting started on time in Omusati region, the electoral process was decelerated by elderly voters who were not familiar with the electronic voting machines.

Muchinguri in Namibia poll rigging row


WINDHOEK — Namibia’s opposition parties are crying foul after incumbent President Hage Geingob was re-elected for a second term with a reduced majority on Saturday. Geingob’s rivals are claiming vote manipulation and accused the Sadc observer mission headed by Zimbabwe’s Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri of being unfit for the task. Mike Kavekotora, the leader of the Rally for Democracy and Progress, said they were co-ordinating with the other parties on how to respond to alleged electoral malpractices. The election was marred by allegations of faulty voting machines. Geingob received 56% of the vote, while closest challenger Panduleni Itula had 29%. Itula made history as the first independent candidate for the presidency, though he retained his ruling party membership. Itula did not attend the announcement of the final results, also aggrieved by what he saw as vote manipulation. The ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation (Swapo) party for the first time lost its two-thirds majority in Parliament. Swapo polled 536 861 of the votes (65,5%), earning the party 63 of the 96 seats in the National Assembly, down from the 77 won in 2014. Kavekotora, whose party won one seat in last week’s election, told reporters that Muchinguri and her delegation were unfit to observe Namibia’s elections because of persistent vote rigging allegations against her Zanu PF party. “The Sadc observer mission was loaded with a lot of people from Zimbabwe. What do we expect from somebody who was coming from a rigged election in his or her own country? How do you expect that person to come and give you a proper observation in another country? That’s just impossible …,” Kavekotora said. He said Muchinguri and her delegation could not do anything other than “rigging and basically supporting your friends in the country that you are now observing elections in”. “We consider this matter to be very serious. We’re going to engage the other political parties and we’ll keep our options open and see what’s the right course of action. Namibia cannot be manipulated. We have to come to a point where we say ‘enough’,” he added. Stergomena Tax, the Sadc executive secretary, tried to address the issue in a tweeted response on Saturday night. She said: “It should be noted that the current Sadc Organ chair is Zimbabwe, thus, the Sadc electoral observation mission (SEOM) to Namibia was led by Zimbabwe, supported by Organ Troika members — Botswana and Zambia. The mission comprised observers from 11 members states.” Shortly after arriving in Namibia before the November 27 vote, Muchinguri had a torrid time trying to explain her selection to lead the regional bloc’s election observation mission after being confronted by both the Namibian media and opposition politicians. The minister, flanked by her deputy head of mission and Zanu PF politburo member Patrick Chinamasa, responded: “It’s important to note that we are not here as individual countries, but collectively as Sadc. SEOM is well constituted with many different people including government officials, eminent persons from Sadc as well as those from the opposition. If there be need to understand more on the composition of SEOM, you can also refer to our strict terms of reference.” Muchinguri insisted that SEOM was in Namibia to merely observe the election and were not involved in the internal processes of the country. A total of 11 of the 15 parties got representation in Parliament, with the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), which gained 136 576 votes or 16,6% of the total number of votes cast, becoming the official opposition. Other political parties that gained seats in the National Assembly for the first time include the Christian Democratic Voice Party and the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters, which won one and two seats respectively. The United Democratic Front, National Unity Democratic Organisation, All People’s Party and Republican Party won two seats each, while the Rally for Democracy and Progress and SWANU scraped back into the National Assembly with one seat each. The four parties that did not qualify for any seats in Parliament are the former official opposition, the Congress of Democrats, the Workers’ Revolutionary Party, the National Patriotic Front and the National Democratic Party. — Agencies

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Namibischer Präsident Geingob trotz großer Verluste wiedergewählt

In Namibia ist die frühere Unabhängigkeitsbewegung Swapo seit Jahrzehnten mit großem Abstand stärkste Partei. Nun verlor sie erstmals ihre Zweidrittelmehrheit. Präsident Geingob bleibt an der Macht, aber auch er muss große Verluste hinnehmen.

Frankfurt a.M., Windhuk (epd). In Namibia bleibt Präsident Hage Gottfried Geingob trotz deutlicher Stimmenverluste an der Macht. Der 78-Jährige gewann die Präsidentenwahl laut Endergebnis vom Samstagabend mit 57,5 Prozent der abgegebenen Stimmen. Geingobs Partei Swapo bleibt mit 63 Sitzen im Parlament mit großem Abstand stärkste Kraft, verfehlte jedoch zum ersten Mal seit der Unabhängigkeit des Landes 1990 die Zweidrittelmehrheit.

Der stärkste Herausforderer von Präsident Geingob, Panduleni Itula, bekam 28,7 Prozent der Stimmen. Der 62-Jährige ist selbst Swapo-Mitglied, ging aber als unabhängiger Kandidat ins Rennen. Insgesamt bewarben sich elf Kandidaten für das höchste Staatsamt. Mehr als 1,3 Millionen der rund 2,5 Millionen Einwohner durften laut Wahlkommission ihre Stimme abgeben. Die Wahlbeteiligung bei der Präsidentenwahl lag bei 61 Prozent.

Sowohl Präsident Geingob als seine Partei verloren deutlich an Zustimmung. Bei der Wahl 2014 war Geingob mit 87 Prozent der Stimmen ins Amt gewählt worden, die Regierungspartei Swapo bekam damals 77 der 96 Sitze im Parlament. Die Swapo ist aus der Unabhängigkeitsbewegung hervorgegangen und seit der Unabhängigkeit Namibias von Südafrika 1990 an der Macht.

Als Grund für die Verluste gelten ein Mitte November bekanntgewordener Korruptionsskandal, in den mehrere Minister verwickelt sind, eine schwache Wirtschaft und hohe Arbeitslosigkeit. Anhaltende Trockenheit sorgt dafür, dass Hunderttausende Namibier auf Nahrungsmittelhilfe angewiesen sind.

Präsident Geingob erklärte, er habe die Forderung der Bevölkerung verstanden. Er werde sich noch stärker dafür einsetzen, dass sich die Lebensbedingungen der Bürger verbessern, schrieb er noch vor Bekanntgabe des Endergebnisses am Samstag auf Twitter. Der Kandidat der Opposition, McHenry Venaani von der PDM, die mit 15,9 Prozent zweitstärkste Kraft im Parlament wurde, begrüßte den Verlust der Zweidrittelmehrheit der Swapo. Dadurch finde eine Reinigung des parlamentarischen Systems und der Debatten statt, weil die Regierung nun anderen zuhören müsse, sagte Venaani der Zeitung "The Namibian".


Wahlen in Namibia: Sieg von Präsident Geingob zeichnet sich ab


Frankfurt a.M., Windhuk (epd). Bei der Präsidentenwahl in Namibia hat sich ein klarer Sieg von Amtsinhaber Hage Gottfried Geingob trotz Verlusten abgezeichnet. Der 78-Jährige lag am frühen Samstagabend nach Auszählung von fast 97 Prozent der Stimmen mit knapp 57 Prozent vorn. Bei der Parlamentswahl blieb Geingobs Partei Swapo nach Auszählung von rund 95 Prozent der Stimmen mit 65 Prozent mit großem Abstand stärkste Partei. Sie drohte jedoch zum ersten Mal seit der Unabhängigkeit des Landes 1990 die Zweidrittelmehrheit im Parlament zu verfehlen.

Der stärkste Herausforderer von Amtsinhaber Geingob, der Zahnarzt Panduleni Itula, kam dem vorläufigen Ergebnis zufolge auf 29 Prozent der Stimmen. Der 62-Jährige ist selbst Swapo-Mitglied, ging aber als unabhängiger Kandidat ins Rennen. Insgesamt bewarben sich elf Kandidaten für das höchste Staatsamt. Mehr als 1,3 Millionen der rund 2,5 Millionen Einwohner durften laut Wahlkommission ihre Stimme abgeben. Die Wahlbeteiligung bei der Präsidentenwahl lag bei 61 Prozent.

Sowohl Präsident Geingob als seine Partei verloren deutlich an Zustimmung. Bei der Wahl 2014 war Geingob mit 92 Prozent der Stimmen ins Amt gewählt worden, die Swapo kam auf 85 Prozent. Die Regierungspartei ist aus der Unabhängigkeitsbewegung hervorgegangen und seit der Unabhängigkeit Namibias von Südafrika 1990 an der Macht.

Als Gründe für die Verluste gilt ein Mitte November bekanntgewordener Korruptionsskandal: Laut Medienberichten waren Minister der Regierungspartei daran beteiligt, einer isländischen Firma gegen Bestechungsgeld Fischereirechte einzuräumen. Zudem machen die Menschen die Swapo für schlechte Wirtschaftsdaten und eine hohe Arbeitslosigkeit verantwortlich. Dazu kommt eine anhaltende Trockenheit. Mehr als 700.000 Namibier waren nach Angaben der Regierung im September 2019 auf Nahrungsmittelhilfe angewiesen.

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Wahlen in Namibia in Klima der Unzufriedenheit


In Namibia waren die Wähler am Mittwoch zur Abstimmung über einen neuen Präsidenten und ein neues Parlament aufgerufen. Dabei musste die Regierungspartei Swapo, die seit der Unabhängigkeit 1990 an der Macht ist, erstmals mit scharfem Gegenwind rechnen.

Als starker Herausforderer von Präsident Hage Gottfried Geingob (78) galt der Zahnarzt Panduleni Itula. Der 62-Jährige, selbst Swapo-Mitglied, ging als unabhängiger Kandidat ins Rennen. Insgesamt bewarben sich elf Kandidaten für das höchste Staatsamt. Mehr als 1,3 Millionen der rund 2,5 Millionen Einwohner durften laut Wahlkommission ihre Stimme abgeben.

Für Unmut gegenüber der Swapo, die aus der Unabhängigkeitsbewegung hervorgegangen ist, sorgt unter anderem ein Mitte November bekanntgewordener Korruptionsskandal: Laut Medienberichten waren Minister der Regierungspartei daran beteiligt, einer isländischen Firma gegen Bestechungsgeld Fischereirechte einzuräumen. Zudem machen die Menschen die Swapo für schlechte Wirtschaftsdaten und eine Arbeitslosigkeit von 33 Prozent verantwortlich. Dazu kommt eine anhaltende Trockenheit. Mehr als 700.000 Namibier waren nach Auskunft der Regierung im September 2019 auf Nahrungsmittelhilfe angewiesen.

Derzeit hält die Swapo 77 von 96 Sitzen in der Nationalversammlung und damit eine Zweidrittelmehrheit. Präsident Geingob, damals langjähriger Ministerpräsident, wurde 2014 mit 87 Prozent der Stimmen gewählt.

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Wahlen in Namibia: In Zeiten von Dürre und Korruption


Inmitten von Dürre und eines Korruptionsskandals finden in Namibia am Mittwoch Präsidentschafts- und Parlamentswahlen statt. Dabei muss die Regierungspartei Swapo, die aus der Unabhängigkeitsbewegung hervorgegangen ist, erstmals mit ernsthaftem Gegenwind rechnen. Präsident Hage Gottfried Geingob (78) könnte der 62-jährige Zahnarzt Panduleni Itula gefährlich werden. Itula geht als unabhängiger Kandidat in die Wahlen, ist aber Swapo-Mitglied. Bei vorgezogenen Abstimmungen in Botschaften und im Sicherheitsapparat erwies sich Itula als ebenbürtiger Herausforderer.

Insgesamt bewerben sich elf Kandidaten für das höchste Staatsamt. Mehr als 1,3 Millionen Stimmberechtigte sind laut Wahlkommission registriert.

Für Unmut gegenüber der Swapo sorgt ein Korruptionsskandal, der Mitte November bekannt wurde: Laut Medienberichten waren Minister der Regierungspartei daran beteiligt, einer isländischen Firma gegen Bestechungsgeld Fischereirechte einzuräumen. Zudem machen die Menschen die Swapo auch für schlechte Wirtschaftsdaten und eine Arbeitslosigkeit von 33 Prozent verantwortlich. Dazu kommt eine anhaltende Trockenheit. Mehr als 700.000 Menschen waren nach Auskunft der Premierministerin im September 2019 auf Nahrungsmittelhilfe angewiesen, mehr als ein Viertel der rund 2,5 Millionen Einwohner. Zehntausende Stück Vieh verendeten.

Seit 2016 wächst die Wirtschaft nicht mehr. Dagegen hat sich der Anteil der Staatschulden am Bruttonationaleinkommen auf 49 Prozent verdoppelt. Gleichzeitig haben Gesetzesvorhaben der Regierung Investoren abgeschreckt. Das trug mit dazu bei, dass nahezu jeder Zweite unter 35 Jahren keine Arbeit hat.

Fischerei, Viehhaltung, Rohstoffe - darunter Uran - sowie Tourismus sichern den Namibiern ein im afrikanischen Vergleich recht hohes Pro-Kopf-Einkommen von mehr als 10.000 Euro im Jahr. Allerdings lebt gut ein Drittel der Bevölkerung in der ehemaligen Kolonie Deutsch-Südwestafrika unterhalb der Armutsgrenze. Die Schere zwischen Arm und Reich ist in Namibia so groß wie in wenigen anderen Ländern auf der Welt.

Derzeit hält die Swapo 77 von 96 Sitzen in der Nationalversammlung und damit eine Zweidrittelmehrheit. Sie gewann bereits die ersten Wahlen 1989. Präsident Geingob, damals langjähriger Ministerpräsident, wurde 2014 mit 87 Prozent der Stimmen gewählt.


Kirche will mit interaktiver Ausstellung Menschenrechte vermitteln

Menschenrechte Ausstellung

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Modul der Ausstellung „Menschen.Rechte.Leben“ der Initiative #freiundgleich.

Gemeinden können sich die Ausstellung ausleihen
Mit einer interaktiven Ausstellung will die Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) Jugendliche und Erwachsene ermuntern, sich für Menschenrechte einzusetzen. "Nur wenn Menschen ihre eigenen Rechte kennen, wissen sie auch die Rechte anderer zu schützen und zu achten", sagte die Referentin für Menschenrechte der EKD, Sabine Dreßler, bei der Eröffnung am Montag in Hannover.

Zu diesen Rechten zählen die Freiheit des Glaubens und Gewissens, das Recht auf Asyl, der Schutz der Familie sowie das Recht auf Bildung und soziale Sicherheit. Die Wanderausstellung unter der Überschrift "Menschen.Rechte.Leben" ist in Hannover bis zum 13. Dezember im Foyer des EKD-Kirchenamtes zu sehen. Bereits seit April macht sie Station in Gemeinden, Schulen und weiteren Bildungseinrichtungen in ganz Deutschland. Als Teil der Menschenrechtsinitiative #freiundgleich der evangelischen Kirche ist sie bis 2021 unterwegs.

Die Ausstellung der EKDist interaktiv und soll junge Erwachsene über Menschenrechte informieren.

An vielen Orten der Welt werde die Demokratie zurzeit angegriffen und gefährdet, sagte Dreßler. "Deshalb möchten wir gerade junge Menschen starkmachen." Das Wissen um Rechte und Würde des Menschen gehöre zu einem guten Miteinander dazu, erläuterte die Oberkirchenrätin.

In drei begehbaren Boxen erfahren Besucherinnen und Besucher der Ausstellung unter anderem, wie die Menschenrechte erstritten worden sind oder was diese mit dem Alltag zu tun haben. Sie können dabei Fragen beantworten oder ihre Wünsche auf Zettel schreiben. Zudem werden in der Ausstellung Menschen porträtiert, die heutzutage Menschenrechte verteidigen.

Begehbare Boxen der Ausstellung hier in der Ausstellung der EKD in der Hamburger Sankt Katharinen Kirche.

Dazu gehörten auch viele mutige Frauen, sagte Dreßler. Unter ihnen seien zum Beispiel die Mütter von der Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, die während der Militärdiktatur in Argentinien mit einem stummen Protest vor dem Präsidentenpalast an ihre in Geheimgefängnissen verschwundenen Töchter und Söhne erinnerten.

Die Ausstellung "Menschen.Rechte.Leben" ist vom 25. bis 13. Dezember zu sehen. Öffnungszeiten: Montag bis Freitag von 8 bis 15 Uhr. Kirchenamt der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (Foyer), Herrenhäuser Straße 12, 30419 Hannover

   | Corruption in Namibia's fishing industry unveiled

Several figures close to Namibian President Hage Geingob have been filmed discussing the laundering of political contributions, an Al Jazeera investigation has revealed.

Namibia: Gymnastics Federation Suspends President for Alleged Misconduct

[New Era] Windhoek -The Namibia Gymnastics Federation (NGF) has suspended its president Sonja Olivier with immediate effect, with the federation saying the suspension was triggered by Olivier's continuous alleged misconduct.

AD330: Party identification and trust are declining, but Namibians have not lost faith in voting

For the sixth time since independence, Namibians are going to the polls to choose a president and members of the National Assembly – in free and fair elections whose outcome has never varied.

Europa/middag: Flyselskaber flyver i hver sin retning i tyndt marked


Luftfartsselskaberne Lufthansa og Air France-KLM er i fokus i fredagens europæiske aktiemarked, der generelt er præget af marginale udsving i fraværet af inspiration fra USA torsdag og en forkortet handelsdag i det amerikanske fredag.

De fleste store indeks på kontinentet ligger med små udsving omkring udgangspunktet, men det er den negative undertone, der umiddelbart har bedst fat i markedet.

Det skyldes fornyet usikkerhed om færdiggørelsen af en delaftale mellem USA og Kina på handelsområdet, efter at USA's præsident, Donald Trump, onsdag underskrev en lov til støtte af menneskerettighederne i Hongkong, der fik kineserne op i det røde felt.

I London falder FTSE 100-indekset 0,2 pct., mens det franske CAC 40-indeks omvendt stiger 0,1 pct., og i Tyskland falder DAX-indekset 0,1 pct.

Samtidig bakker det paneuropæiske Stoxx 600-indeks 0,1 pct.

Både tyske Lufthansa og fransk-hollandske Air France-KLM har været gennem regnearkene hos Credit Suisse, og det har resulteret i justeringer i begge retninger.

Lufthansa har fået løftet sin anbefaling hos den schweiziske bank til "outperform" fra "neutral", mens Air France-KLM's anbefaling omvendt er skåret til "underperform" fra "neutral".

Førstnævnte stiger 0,4 pct. til 17,24 euro, mens Air France-KLM falder 1,6 pct. til 10,73 euro.

Den norske bank DNB falder 5,5 pct. til 156,30 norske kr., efter at det torsdag kom frem, at norsk politi undersøger banken i forbindelse en islandsk fiskerisag.

Det norske politi undersøger, hvorvidt DNB har brudt loven i håndteringen af betalinger fra det islandske selskab Samherji, der anklages for at have foretaget ulovlige betalinger til en værdi af flere mio. dollar for at sikre sig fiskekvoter i Namibia.


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Mueller, Barr, Giuliani, Comey and Kallstrom Once Fought Terror Together—Now Trump Has Them Fight Each Other


Mueller, Barr, Giuliani, Comey and Kallstrom Once Fought Terror Together—Now Trump Has Them Fight Each OtherPhoto Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe constellation of federal investigators, attorneys, prosecutors and judges orbiting Donald Trump in the last three years have a unique, shared history.Relatively unknown to the American public is the fact that before many of them became household names, cast as either the heroes or villains of the Trump saga (depending on where you stand on Trump), they were colleagues in the trenches of some of America’s biggest terrorism cases. They crossed paths numerous times in courtrooms and at crime scenes, often united by a single case.  From my perch working for the House Intelligence Committee, at the FBI as a congressional liaison, and then on the 9/11 Joint Inquiry, I observed what in many respects were their finest achievements, how those played out politically, how they fought their turf battles at home and with foreign governments, how they learned to communicate with the American public after each tragedy—and ultimately, fundamentally how they changed America’s approach to national security.  If Trump’s Rage Brings ‘Civil War,’ Where Will the Military Stand?In the 1990s, as hundreds of Americans were being slaughtered in acts of terrorism from Oklahoma City to Kenya to lower Manhattan—and while Donald Trump was hosting teenage beauty pageants—these men helped capture, extradite, prosecute, and put away for life some of the worst mass murderers of American citizens in our nation’s history. But now they have become caricatures and cable news fodder—and their reputations are part of the professional carnage that comes to almost everyone who is part of the Donald Trump story. They are known to the American public primarily for the things they have said, for one reason or the other, about Trump—and even more to the point, for what he has said about them.Rudy Giuliani, James Comey, Robert Mueller, William Barr, James Kallstrom, and Louis Freeh have all taken divergent paths over the past few years. But in the more than two decades that preceded Trump’s descent down the golden escalator on election night 2016, their résumés overlapped as they worked to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice in such cases as Pan Am 103, a 747 blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland; the devastated Federal Building in Oklahoma City; the Khobar Towers full of American personnel, blown up in Saudi Arabia; the Atlanta Olympics bombing; the devastated American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya; the attack on the USS Cole at anchor in Yemen; then, of course 9/11. And it’s a sad fact that the work they did during their impressive law enforcement careers got lost in the noise created by Trump’s presidency.Most interesting of all, however, is the fact that for most of these men, what they thought of Trump in 2016 had a lot to do with their opinion of the occupants of the White House—Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton—during those years their lives had intersected. Those opinions proved to be enduring and consequential. * * *THE DIRECTOR* * *In September 1993, Federal Judge Louis J. Freeh walked out of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and into FBI Headquarters as its new Director. Both his youth, 43 years of age, and his background as a former FBI agent, made him an inspired choice to lead the Bureau when nominated by the new American President, Bill Clinton. Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Cynthia Johnson/The LIFE Images Collection viaGettyFreeh’s predecessor, William Sessions, had not completed his 10-year term as director before a report alleging ethical improprieties was released by President George H. W. Bush’s Attorney General William Barr (yes, the same William Barr who is today Trump’s Attorney General).Sessions refused to exit his position voluntarily, so it was left to Clinton’s new attorney general, Janet Reno, to fire him. Clinton may wish he had held on to Sessions. The new president and the new FBI Director would soon be at loggerheads. Although there was still a sense of excitement in Washington over the generational shift that the 1992 election represented, the fact was the Clinton administration began as an unmitigated disaster. It seemed undisciplined and chaotic to Freeh, and its early days were consumed with FBI investigations into Filegate, Travelgate, Whitewater, Paula Jones and Jennifer Flowers, and even an investigation into China’s attempts to meddle in the 1992 elections. And, most mysteriously, there was the investigation into the shocking suicide of Bill and Hillary’s long-time friend from Arkansas, Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster. FBI agents walked around the halls dispirited, talking about their affection for George H.W. Bush and their disdain for the dirty campaign they felt the Clintons had waged against him. While Clinton came off cool (playing sax on The Arsenio Hall Show, for example), “The Wimp Factor” tagline stuck to George H.W. Bush—a man who had flown 50 combat missions during World War II, had been one of the Navy’s youngest aviators and was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.  Freeh, who had been appointed a federal judge by the senior Bush, had a deep affection for him. He accepted the job as FBI Director even though he believed not only that the wrong man had won the presidency, but was firmly convinced that the winner, Clinton, was dirty. In those years, the FBI’s antipathy towards the Clintons flowed from the top down—and would become ingrained in its organizational culture. For his part, had Clinton wanted an FBI Director who would do his bidding and sweep his scandals under the rug (which the current president seems to believe is part of the job description), he knew damn well it wouldn’t be Freeh. Yet, he courted Freeh. Freeh, considered tough and clean as a hound’s tooth, would give the new Clinton Administration a patina of ethical validity it desperately needed. But Freeh’s FBI was immediately immersed in investigating Clinton’s skeletons. Freeh gave back his White House pass that had allowed him unlimited, unrecorded, access to the White House believing it would pose a conflict of interest while the Clintons were under investigation. Clinton, now realizing Freeh would be breathing down his neck, was not happy with this slap in the face. But during his entire administration, and with the endless ethical clouds that hung over him, Clinton did not dare fire Freeh.Freeh and Clinton would not speak for four years, until the bombing of the USS Cole.* * *THE HILL* * *Freeh was an instant darling with Members of Congress, and was accorded great deference and latitude. He would need it. The FBI Freeh walked into had a plethora of problems and investigations of its own to contend with. His earnest demeanor served him well—and he was complemented by his equally earnest Congressional liaison chief, John Collingwood, who was spectacularly effective at putting out the FBI’s fires. Without a drop of arrogance and possessing a deep belief in the mission of the Bureau, Collingwood was also a master at turning every FBI screw-up into an opportunity—for more resources or more law enforcement authorities. He was perhaps the greatest asset the Bureau had when facing its many challenges with Congress. When I worked in his office, I learned from Collingwood a simple formula for dealing with the Hill that most federal agencies refused to learn: Congress can be your best friend if you don’t treat its members and staff like the enemy. Give them (most of) what they ask for, be personable and on a first-name basis with staffers, and give them a heads-up to important stories before they hit the media—even if its means calling them at home at 2 a.m. (which we often did). If trust is built, Congressional staffers will, in turn, give you a heads up to potential problematic or embarrassing issues that could otherwise blindside the Director at an oversight hearing. (The first rule of any good staff work, anywhere: never, ever allow your boss to be surprised by bad news.)Collingwood could wrap his arm around the shoulder of Senator Robert Byrd (the most powerful man in Congress at the time), and Byrd would feel the entire goodwill of the FBI in that gesture—especially after Byrd made it possible for the FBI to move its badly outdated Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) to Clarksburg, West Virginia, Byrd’s home state. The CJIS is the largest division of the FBI responsible for, among other things, its automated fingerprint identification lab and national instant criminal background check system. Byrd was known as “the king of pork” for his ability to shovel millions of dollars to West Virginia. The FBI was smart enough to seize on the opportunity Byrd was offering, thus giving him a stake in the sustainability of the FBI, as well as much needed jobs for West Virginians.And the FBI’s sustainability was not a given. Freeh took charge of an FBI still reeling from its role in the carnage that occurred at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas. Both locations had been the site of standoffs between citizens and federal agents, and Waco and Ruby Ridge had become rallying cries for anti-government militias. The overly aggressive actions of federal agents had left 83 Americans dead. The country’s faith in federal law enforcement was at an all-time low. Armed, anti-government militia groups were sprouting up across the nation. At the same time, far removed from Ruby Ridge and Waco, in lower Manhattan an even more insidious threat was about to make itself known. On Feb. 26, 1993, a rental truck carrying 1,400 pounds of ammonium nitrate exploded under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Six people were killed in an attack right in the heart of America’s financial center.The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan had energized the jihadist movement around the world. After the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan, mujahideen veterans and fellow-travelers seemed to replace their anti-Soviet fervor with an extreme anti-American ideology. Many began congregating in Islamic centers and mosques across the U.S., including New York and New Jersey. Although American military assistance had helped turn the tide for the mujahideen in their war against the Soviets, they now turned their sights toward the U.S. This was known as “blowback.” But blowback would not be coming just from Afghanistan’s jihadists. It was also developing in America’s heartland.* * *OKLAHOMA CITY* * *The security guard sitting outside the offices of the House Intelligence Committee stopped me and pointed to the television on his desk. On the screen was a horrific scene coming out of Oklahoma City. A building was sheared in half. Under tons of rubble lay an unknown number of bodies. A moon-like crater was obvious in the street where a Ryder rental truck had detonated 4,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate—a much bigger and more powerful bomb than the one used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.  Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Ralf-Finn Hestoft/CORBIS viaGettyWhen Timothy McVeigh was apprehended, the motive for the carnage became clear. The date of the slaughter was April 19, 1995, exactly two years after the federal standoff at David Koresh’s compound in Waco, Texas. This was McVeigh’s revenge—blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people, including 19 children.The scale of the Oklahoma City attack, the very audacity of it, the very cruelty of it, committed by an American against other Americans, seemed like evil incarnate. Here was an “all-American white boy,” as people said, brutally killing fellow innocent Americans and children right in America’s heartland because of his hatred for federal agencies. If this level of anger existed out there in the country, how and where else might it express itself? Federal law enforcement and the media became obsessed and slightly hysterical over the idea of anti-government militias, even though McVeigh had no formal ties to any of them. Ultimately, however, McVeigh’s actions had an effect opposite to the one he intended. Instead of adding fuel to the anti-government movement, militia members resented the fact that the Feds would now be breathing down their necks. And they certainly were disgusted by the killing of so many innocent children. Some militia members began cooperating with the Feds, alerting them to possible violent extremists in their midsts. The FBI created a Domestic Terrorism Planning Section which found itself handling mostly threats against abortion clinics and crimes committed by radical animal rights groups, like the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Without reasonable cause, there was little the FBI could do to surveil American citizens traipsing through the woods with legally owned firearms playing weekend warrior. They couldn’t be arrested simply for their views. But after Oklahoma City, the FBI drafted a wish list of expanded authorities to monitor potential terrorists domestically. A coalition of left and right civil libertarians on the Hill thwarted attempts to pass these measures. (Some of the expanded authorities gained new life after 9/11 when they became part of The Patriot Act.)Trump Is First to Use PATRIOT Act to Detain a Man Forever* * *THE SAUDI MIRROR* * *One again the terror spotlight was about to shift. On June 26, 1996, just weeks after the FBI had successfully concluded an 81-day standoff with the anti-government Freeman group in Montana, a truck bomb exploded in a housing complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Air Force personnel who were there to enforce the no-fly zone imposed on the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Hezbollah in the Hijaz (or “Saudi Hezbollah”) took credit for the attack. Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe Saudis knew more than they let on to the FBI about this group, but getting information from the Saudis involved a very delicate diplomatic dance—something FBI agents abhor. The deference paid to the Saudis after Khobar would never be accorded to another country within whose borders American servicemen had been killed. Less than a year before the Khobar bombing, another bomb had exploded in Riyadh, killing five U.S. Defense Department contractors. But before the FBI could interrogate the suspects, the Saudis extracted confessions from them and had them beheaded. Now 19 American airmen had been killed in Saudi Arabia, and the United States was once again saying “pretty please” to Saudi royals to get them to share information. It’s hard to determine whether it was Freeh’s strained relationship with the Clinton administration, or the Clinton administration’s hope for a rapprochement with Iran that led to other roadblocks in the Khobar investigation. Iran was clearly behind Saudi Hezbollah, but it was the Saudis, and the Saudis alone, who held the key to the investigation. With the information they possessed on the attack the year before, Khobar might have been prevented.  To shake information loose from the Saudis, and with less than enthusiastic support from the Clinton Administration, Freeh turned again to his friend, former President George H.W. Bush, who had liberated Kuwait from Saddam’s occupation and guaranteed the security of Saudi Arabia four years earlier. Freeh also weighed in with his own pal, the flamboyant Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.  As Lawrence Wright reported in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Looming Tower, John O’Neill, the chief of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Section, had angered Freeh (who valued his relationship with Bush, Prince Bandar, and his ability to gain access to Saudi Arabia without help from the Clinton White House) by telling him on a flight home from the Kingdom, “Boss, they’re blowing smoke up your ass.” The FBI did finally get access of sorts to the Khobar detainees held by the Saudis—but only by watching behind a two-way mirror as members of the Mabahith, the Saudi secret police, asked the questions. * * *PRECEDENTS* * *To understand how the Bureau developed its response to terrorist attacks you’d have to go back to the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. Pan Am 103 was the first major terrorist attack against American civilians. A Hezbollah bombing of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon three years earlier had killed 220 Marines and 21 civilians. But Pan Am 103 was a watershed: 190 passengers had been American citizens on their way home for the Christmas holidays; 43 were British, and at least 19 other nationalities were represented among the lost. Among those killed were 35 students from Syracuse University returning to the U.S. after a semester studying in London. The U.N. Commissioner for Namibia, the CEO for Volkswagen America, the CIA’s Beirut Deputy Station Chief and a group of other U.S. Intelligence specialists were on that flight, raising suspicion that it might have been specially targeted. Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Bryn Colton/GettyLegislation was passed giving the FBI extraterritorial jurisdiction over investigations wherever Americans were killed, and the Pan Am 103 investigation would be handled by the Justice Department’s Criminal Division—headed by one Robert S. Mueller—a recent Bush 41 appointee. Mueller had been overseeing the prosecution of Manuel Noriega and mob boss John Gotti, but Pan Am 103 had the greatest emotional impact on him. As recently as 2018, Mueller met once again with family members of that ill-fated flight, including the now-adult children of victims, telling them, “There are those who say that time heals all wounds. But you know that not to be true. At its best, time may dull the deepest wounds; it cannot make them disappear.”  Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Ron Sachs/Consolidated News Pictures/GettyOn Nov. 19, 1991, Acting Attorney General William Barr (yes, the same William Barr who is attorney general today), announced the indictments of two Libyan intelligence operatives for placing the bomb that destroyed Pan Am 103. A trial would not begin until 2000. In 2003, Libya would pay $2.7 billion in compensation to the families of the victims. The man found guilty, Abdelbasit Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, would ultimately die at home in Tripoli in 2017.But in 1988, never having dealt with a terrorist attack on the scale of Pan Am 103, the Bureau received very poor marks for its outreach to the grieving families. So when the Khobar Towers bombings occurred, Freeh would go out of his way to promise justice to the victims’ families—a justice that would, however, have to be finessed to suit Saudi sensibilities.In his 2005 memoir, My FBI, Freeh credits the ultimately successful indictments of the Khobar Tower suspects to his hand-picked choice as prosecutor, James B. Comey. (Yes, that James Comey.) “I will always be grateful for his leadership and pursuit of justice,” Freeh wrote of Comey, who was responsible for a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia returning a 46-count indictment against 14 defendants charged with the bombing of the Khobar Towers.But the Bureau barely had time to catch its breath. Just three weeks after the Khobar Towers attack, the genuine, overwhelming desire by the FBI to convince grieving families they would receive justice would be tested in unimaginable ways. On July 17, 1996, TWA 800 exploded over the Atlantic shortly after taking off from JFK airport, killing 240 people.END OF PART ONETOMORROW: CONSPIRACIES AND DISASTERSRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Miss Universe 2019 Top 20 - Admin Edition

Morning guys.....
This my top 20 for Miss Universe 2019 november edition.
Here they are...

From Africa and Asia Pacific region

1. Indonesia Indonesia - Frederika Alexis Cull
2. Philippines Philippines - Gazini Ganados
3. Malaysia Malaysia - Shweta Sekhon
4. Thailand Thailand - Paweensuda Drouin
5. Namibia Namibia - Nadja Breytenbach

From Europe Region

1. Albania Albania - Cindy Marina
2. Germany Germany - Miriam Rautert
3. Kosovo Kosovo - Fatbardha Hoxha
4. Spain Spain - Natalie Ortega
5. Ukraine Ukraine - Anastasia Subbota

From Americas Region

1. United States United States - Cheslie Kryst 
2. Venezuela Venezuela - Thalía Olvino 
3. Mexico Mexico - Sofía Aragón 
4. Canada Canada - Alyssa Boston
5. Brazil Brazil - Julia Horta


1. Vietnam Vietnam - Hoang Thuy
2. Sweden Sweden - Lina Ljungberg
3. New Zealand New Zealand - Diamond Langi
4. Colombia Colombia - Gabriela Tafur
5.. Argentina Argentina - Mariana Varela

Final Night: 8 December 2019


Dec 26, Namibia: Day of Goodwill

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Paisagem vibrante cerca esta casa de praia no Guarujá

Paisagem vibrante cerca esta casa de praia no Guarujá (Foto: Ilana Bessler)


Suspensa em meio a uma mata exuberante, esta casa no litoral paulista ansiava havia tempos pela atmosfera leve que transmite hoje. Não que a geografia já não fosse um espetáculo: o condomínio fica em uma reserva ecológica na praia de São Pedro, no Guarujá, SP. Mas a experiência sempre pode ser melhorada por meio da arquitetura. Experiência não, deleites, no plural – um após o outro. Dali, é fácil chegar à areia, distante uns poucos minutos de caminhada. Se o dia pede água doce, há uma cachoeira nos arredores da residência. Ou é possível contemplar o dégradé do sol poente no terraço, debruçando-se sobre a borda infinita da piscina com vista para o mar.


Paisagem vibrante cerca esta casa de praia no Guarujá (Foto: Ilana Bessler)

O empresário Raul Penteado só queria estar perto de sua turma de amigos quando encontrou o imóvel de 632 m² distribuídos por quatro pavimentos. “A construção era boa, com muita madeira. Apenas atualizamos, entramos com marcenaria e com o branco em muitos pontos”, conta Kika Mattos. A reforma coube ao trio que ela compõe com Marcela Penteado, filha de Raul, e André Bacalov, todos à frente do escritório paulistano Triart Arquitetura.

Paisagem vibrante cerca esta casa de praia no Guarujá (Foto: Ilana Bessler)


Eles sabiam não ser possível disputar atenções com a paisagem local – a paleta de cores foi escolhida com isso em mente. “No máximo inserimos um cinza em pontos estratégicos, para quebrar a hegemonia dos tons claros”, observa Kika. Os três profissionais buscaram referência nas cabanas de pescadores da região da Comporta, na costa de Portugal. “Um visual natural, branquinho, mas nada perto do estilo Mykonos. Incluímos a biriba [madeira retorcida] pensando em um toque mais artesanal e rústico”, explica Marcela.

Paisagem vibrante cerca esta casa de praia no Guarujá (Foto: Ilana Bessler)


No living havia uma lareira que foi demolida pelos arquitetos para direcionar ainda mais o olhar ao cenário. “Dessa forma, temos vista constante da mata ou da praia. A ideia era criar a sensação de se estar nas nuvens”, complementa Marcela. Com esse mesmo objetivo, o mobiliário italiano de baixa estatura entrou em cena, interferindo o mínimo possível na visibilidade do horizonte. No décor elaborado pelo trio não faltam texturas – linho, biribas, algodão e pedras – e o resultado é conforto genuíno.


Paisagem vibrante cerca esta casa de praia no Guarujá (Foto: Ilana Bessler)


As festas de Raul acontecem na área externa, que é puro astral jovem– leia-se: gente animada circulando a céu aberto. “A varanda com deque é o lugar de que mais gosto. Dá a sensação de ser abraçado pela floresta e, ao mesmo tempo, possibilita olhar para o mar quase infinito. É onde leio meus livros, faço meus drinques com os amigos... Aqui, sonho acordado olhando as estrelas”, conta Raul.

Paisagem vibrante cerca esta casa de praia no Guarujá (Foto: Ilana Bessler)


Os pufes de Paola Lenti que ocupam a área são de um tom de verde escolhido para harmonizar como entorno. Envolvido pela morada e pelo cenário, ele esquece a rotina caótica de São Paulo, onde vive. “É um local muito especial, feito para conviver comas pessoas de que gosto, com muita luz, integração com a natureza e espaços abertos. Meu paraíso com vista para o mar.”

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animals at Etosha National Park in Namibia


Reporteros saharauis Equipe Media, premio Solidaridad 2019 en Estocolmo


*Fuente: Periodistas-es. Por Jesús Cabaleiro Larrán -23/11/2019
El colectivo de reporteros saharaui Equipe Media ha sido galardonado por la ONG sueca Afrika Grupperna (Grupos de África) con el premio Solidaridad 2019 “por su trabajo en documentar los abusos de los Derechos Humanos y difundirla en todo el mundo, para poner fin a la ocupación y mejorar las condiciones de vida del pueblo saharaui”.
Afrika Grupperna es una organización solidaria, con sede en Estocolmo, que colabora con organizaciones en Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Sudáfrica y Zimbabue y apoya la lucha por la autodeterminación del Sahara Occidental.
Equipe Media, que cumple una década de existencia, ya fue galardonado el pasado mes de abril con el XII Premio de Periodismo Julio Anguita Parrado que entregó en Córdoba el Sindicato de Periodistas de Andalucía.
El Premio Internacional de Periodismo Julio Anguita Parrado vino a reconocer una trayectoria profesional brillante, comprometida con la defensa de los derechos humanos, de periodistas de cualquier nacionalidad, o bien de organizaciones o entidades periodísticas, que hayan trabajado en zonas en conflicto bélico.
Actualmente hay seis periodistas saharauis que se encuentran presos cumpliendo condenas en cárceles marroquíes: Abdellahi Lekhfaouni (cadena perpetua), Hassan Dah (25 años), Mohamed Lamin Haddi (25 años), El Bachir Khada (20 años), Mohamed Banbari (6 años) y Salah Labsir (4 años).
Equipe Media ha colaborado con el informe ‘Sáhara Occidental, un desierto para el periodismo’, elaborado por la sección española de Reporteros Sin Fronteras (RSF) el pasado mes de junio en Madrid, con la presencia de uno de sus fundadores, Ahmed Ettanji, y el pasado 21 de noviembre en Vitoria, previamente a la Conferencia Europea de Apoyo y Solidaridad con el Pueblo Saharaui (Eucoco).


Namibia: Ohangwena Dismisses Dirty Water Video

[New Era] Ongwediva -Amidst water shortages still being experienced in Ohangwena, the regional council dismissed the video circulating on social media of villagers tapping water from a muddy hole at Ohaimbudu, saying the video does not depict the current situation.

Growth in Africa Freight Forwarding Market driven by Infrastructural Development and New Logistic Hubs in countries: Ken Research

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UJSARIO congratulates SWAPO’s Youth League for successful elections in Namibia


Chahid El Hafed, 02 December 2019 (SPS)- Polisario Front's Youth Union (UJSARIO) congratulated SWAPO Youth League, in a letter on Monday, for the successful general elections that took place in the country on November 27th and largely won by SWAPO.

“UJSARIO would like to heartily congratulate SWAPO Party Youth League (SPYL) for the sounding and well-deserved victory in Namibia’s 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections, which were once again a proof on the steadfast and robust democracy of Namibia,” the letter reads.

The Saharawi Youth Union sent “its warm wishes and congratulations to His Excellency Dr Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia and President of the SWAPO Party on the trust put on him by the people of Namibia, and wish him full success in the conduct of his noble mission,” the text adds.

To UJSARIO “the Namibian people and SADC region as a whole counts a lot on the experience of H.E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob, to lead the country to its well-deserved position as a driving force in SADC, African Union and worldwide.”

The Saharawi Youth Union finally “reiterates its strong willingness to further strengthen brotherly bilateral relations with SPYL and SWAPO to the service of our African goals, aspirations and causes, including the common struggle we are leading for the liberation of Africa from the last case of colonialism in Western Sahara.” (SPS)

090/500/60 (SPS)


Al Jazeera Investigative Unit: Former Namibian ministers arrested in fisheries corruption scandal

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Namibia: Acoso a la prensa por abordar la corrupción en la asignación de las cuotas de pesca en el país

RSF manifiesta su preocupación por los ataques verbales contra periodistas durante la campaña electoral de Namibia y condena a la agencia de prensa estatal por cancelar la colaboración con el periodista Vita Ángula.

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Namibia: ECN Accredits U.S. Embassy to Observe Elections

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"Norwegian DNB Bank Faces Money-Laundering Investigation over Namibia Fisheries Scandal"


Namibia's Hage Geingob wins second term as president

While Geingob received 56 per cent the vote while opposition challenger Dr. Panduleni Itula had 29 per cent.

Namibia Collection Brings Coastal African Landscape to Life With Luxurious Textures


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Desert Jumps In Namibia


Skydiving over the Namibian desert in southern Africa would be a pretty amazing experience, don’t you think?

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Presionar contra los mataderos como contra el museo de la caza


Un tigre de Tailandia, un leopardo de Zimbabue, un rinoceronte blanco de Angola, un lobo de Alaska, un cocodrilo de Tanzania, un oso polar de Canadá o un guepardo de Namibia forman parte, al parecer, de la enorme colección de Marcial Gómez Sequeira, que cuenta en total con más de 1.250 animales cazados y disecados y que pretendía exhibir en un museo.

En una entrevista el pasado mes de octubre comentaba la intencionalidad de mostrar sus "trofeos", es decir, a esos más de 1.250 animales de más de 420 especies diferentes que ha asesinado a lo largo de su vida, en un museo dedicado a la caza, que sería el más grande del mundo.

"Se me ocurrió contactar con Guillermo Fernández. Es un primo lejano mío (…) Le encantó mucho la idea y se nos ocurrió llevar mis trofeos de caza y convertirlo en un museo en Extremadura. Él me ayudó mucho, le gustó mucho la idea desde el primer momento", señalaba Marcial en esa entrevista.

Con esta amarga noticia de la intención de Guillermo Fernández Vara, presidente de la Junta de Extremadura, de inaugurar el museo de los horrores en el Cuartel de Caballería, un edificio del siglo XVIII en el corazón de Olivenza, Badajoz, amanecíamos unos días después. A las pocas horas, las redes sociales se inundaban de la indignación y el rechazo de muchas personas que compartían dicha entrevista, donde se informaba de que el acuerdo entre la Junta de Extremadura, el Ayuntamiento de Olivenza y el propietario de la colección ya estaba firmado desde marzo, y se animaba a pedir responsabilidades a los dirigentes políticos por haber tomado una decisión tan importante de espaldas a la ciudadanía.

De la indignación a la acción

En los últimos años, las redes sociales se han convertido en una de las herramientas más poderosas para la protesta y la denuncia social. La velocidad con la que viaja la información ha permitido que miles de personas se expresen con libertad. En muchos casos, las redes sociales han ayudado a que la sociedad se organice de forma novedosa e imprevista; a crear una resistencia que, en algunos casos, ha significado un cambio en la percepción de algunas realidades o incluso ha propiciado cambios legales, en muchos casos en el ámbito local pero también en el regional y estatal.

Hay muchas causas de justicia social abanderadas a través de las redes sociales y esta vez no ha sido diferente; la noticia se extendió como la pólvora en muy pocas horas. La movilización en menos de 24 horas era tal, que muchas personas, entidades y asociaciones afines al movimiento a favor de los derechos animales alentaban una protesta exigiendo a las administraciones la no apertura del museo de los horrores.

Esos mismos días se viralizaba una recogida de firmas en la plataforma en contra del museo, alcanzando más de 50.000 firmantes en apenas un día y haciéndose visible en los perfiles de los usuarios a una velocidad impactantemente rápida. La petición fijaba el objetivo: "que la presión sobre el Gobierno de Extremadura y de su presidente, el socialista Guillermo Fernández Vara, sea tan grande que deba recapacitar sobre la instalación de este Museo de los Horrores”. "Nos jugamos el futuro de la humanidad y deberíamos concienciar a toda la población en el cuidado de la tierra, de la naturaleza y de sus seres vivos, nuestros políticos pretendan gastarse millones de euros para que este rico empresario pueda alardear de sus trofeos".

"Nuestro país no debería rendir homenaje o hacer negocios con alguien que se jacta de haber matado a más de 1.250 animales, o a alguien que presume de haber eludido 'la mayor cantidad de impuestos legalmente permitida' - con su venta de Sanitas. Por este negocio se le impuso una pena de dos meses de arresto mayor y una multa de 260.000 euros y otro pago de 287.000 a Hacienda", añadía la petición, informando sobre el perfil del propietario de esos animales para hacer reflexionar a la clase política sobre su alianza con él.

En paralelo, diferentes asociaciones y entidades se organizaban en una manifestación convocada de urgencia frente al Ayuntamiento de Olivenza y donde se organizaban coches para que las personas que no pudieran asistir por falta de medios lo hiciesen y que fuese así la convocatoria con mayor asistencia posible. El llamamiento era tal que en menos de dos horas había más de 200 respuestas de las personas que tenían intención de asistir. Dicha manifestación estaba organizada por varios colectivos locales animalistas, como asociaciones protectoras y en contra de la caza, y respaldada y coorganizada por Mérida y Badajoz Animal Save, dos grupos de la organización internacional The Save Movement. En ella, exponían un manifiesto unificado donde reivindicaban "que no se vanaglorie la actividad de la caza como necesaria, ni como imagen de Extremadura ni de España. Que no se trate a los animales como trofeos de exposición, sino como lo que son: seres con capacidad de sentir y sufrir. Que acabe el ocultismo que desde años hemos sufrido sobre las inversiones públicas en festejos, ferias y exposiciones que impliquen maltrato animal y muerte".

Toda esta movilización fue organizada y estructurada y posible gracias a un grupo de Whatsapp y un evento en Facebook. El abanderamiento de la lucha se llevaba desde redes sociales cada día. Sin descanso. Desde muchas cuentas y perfiles en dichas redes se animaba a utilizar hashtags y a contactar directamente por mensaje directo con Guillermo Fernández Vara y Manuel González Andrade, el alcalde de Olivenza, para hacer presión y que la convocatoria de manifestación, pasados unos días de la noticia, no cayese en el olvido.

Solo tres días después de iniciarse el revuelo, aún incesante, el alcalde de Olivenza utilizaba también una red social, Facebook, para decir que el proyecto en cuestión "no puede representarnos y no tendrá cabida en ningún edificio público municipal" ya que el impulsor es alguien que "se vanagloria de ser franquista, de haber matado más de 420 especies de animales, algunas de ellas en peligro de extinción, al tiempo que quita importancia a delitos fiscales". "La Junta de Extremadura comparte el malestar generado por esta situación”, añadía.

Aunque no satisfacía a los colectivos animalistas que pedían garantías de que el museo no abriría en ningún municipio, la manifestación fue desconvocada. Posteriormente, el presidente de la Junta hacía unas declaraciones precisando que respetaba la decisión del alcalde.

Desde todos los colectivos antiespecistas y por los derechos de los animales es importante que, tras lo ocurrido en este caso, reflexionemos sobre nuestra manera de hacer activismo. Frenar la apertura museo ha sido posible gracias a la enorme presión en redes sociales de muchos colectivos unidos y personas afines, teniendo un mensaje claro y contundente, repitiendo y compartiendo al unísono el mismo manifiesto y teniendo presente a qué personas había que pedirles explicaciones.

Sin nuestras voces unificadas jamás hubiésemos podido llegar a este punto. Sabemos que es una victoria a medias, que no tenemos que sacar nuestros ojos de encima de las decisiones de la clase política, ya que pueden estar en contra de lo que la ciudadanía reclama. Aun así, podemos respirar más tranquilos sabiendo que, por el momento y debido a todo el revuelo causado, no se van a aventurar a sacar esta propuesta de nuevo, al menos a corto plazo.

Es necesario que tengamos toda esta información en cuenta para futuras acciones similares, como frenar las obras del macromatadero de Zafra, en la misma comunidad autónoma en la que se ha frenado este museo de la caza. En la era de la información no podemos conformarnos con salir a las calles; tenemos que salir en los medios, hacer presión en redes sociales, utilizar todas y todos el mismo mensaje y el mismo manifiesto, no conformarnos con la mitad de lo que pedimos y tener unos responsables políticos como objetivos claros de esas reclamaciones. Es importante que tengamos esta victoria como referencia de lo que queremos conseguir y de cómo hacerlo.

En tiempos de emergencia climática donde se pone en riesgo la biodiversidad y donde todos y todas podemos acceder a la información con más facilidad, debemos utilizar esta herramienta como arma poderosa para alentar a las masas dormidas de la situación actual y actuar con rapidez, destreza y determinación. Tenemos que unir nuestras voces y nuestra fuerza y utilizar estos medios que, tal y como hemos visto, pueden ser altamente efectivos.

En Extremadura nos enfrentamos ahora al macromatadero de Zafra, una factoría de muerte que se sumará a otros abiertos en otras zonas de España, como el de Binéfar, en Huesca, que presume de querer ser el más grande de Europa y cuyo objetivo es matr a unos 32.000 cerdos al día.

El próximo día 1 de diciembre hemos convocado una manifestación estatal en repulsa por esta apertura, y no nos rendimos en el objetivo de que la movilización sea tan intensa y logre los mismos objetivos que en el caso del museo de la caza: una presión tal que los responsables políticos tengan que replantearse sus decisiones.


Gender equality: Cameroon among medium countries in Africa with global score of 0.59 out of 1 (McKinsey)


On November 26, 2019, on the sidelines of the Global Gender Summit 2019 (November 25-27) in Kigali, Rwanda, the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey's independent research institute, presented its 2019 report on gender equality in Africa entitled “The Power of Parity.”

According to the presentation, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia are the countries with medium inequality between genders. Their scores are improving towards parity at work and in society, compared to other African countries.

Cameroon’s scores according to the McKinsey Global Institute are 0.53 out of 1 on parity at work; 0.71 on opening up the formal and informal economy to women; 0.35 on legal protection of women's rights in politics; 0.78 on protecting the integrity of women; 0.62 on gender inequalities in society; 0.52 on access to professional and technical occupations, etc. Cameroon's final score for gender parity is 0.59 to 1.

The continent's leading countries are South Africa (0.76), Namibia (0.72), Rwanda (0.69), Zimbabwe (0.66) and Lesotho (0.64).

Sylvain Andzongo, reporting from Kigali


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